Egypt not going to feature in CHAN tournament

Egypt not going to feature in CHAN tournament

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 25, 2017. 16:30

After an announcement that Egypt will take part at the upcoming 2018 CAF African Nations Championship, the Egyptian Football Association ha said otherwise and stated that the country is not going participate at the tournament.

The Confederation of African Football is yet to receive any official communication confirming the Pharaohs intended withdrawal from the CHAN tournament set to be staged in Morocco.

However, media reports this week revealed that EFA officials said they were pulling out of the tournament for African-based players due to a busy schedule.


"We sent an official reply to CAF that we will not be able to play CHAN," EFA's Tharwat Sweilam said to the BBC.

"We cannot stop the Premier League, especially as the tournament is being played outside the FIFA international calendar."

Meanwhile, the continental governing body has repsonded to the claims, saying they have not received a letter form the North Africans.

"Nothing official (has been) received from the EFA in that regard," a CAF spokesperson told the BBC.

Although the Pharaohs have seven CAF African Cup of Nations titles, they have never played in the 16-team CHAN tournament.

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